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19 May 2019

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  • Pan-dem lawmaker Claudia Mo is ordered evicted from the chamber by Legco president Andrew Leung (inset) on Thursday. Photo: HKEJ

    What’s in a word?

    - May 10, 2019 7:18pm
    Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen moved the goalposts when he had Claudia Mo Man-ching ejected from the chamber for accusing Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of lying. It is a sad indictment of a decaying legislature...
  • The Hong Kong Monetary Authority hopes the virtual banks will facilitate financial innovation, enhanced customer experience and financial inclusion. Photo: Photo: HKEJ

    HKMA grants four more virtual banking licenses

    May 10, 2019 6:27pm
    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) granted banking licenses to four more virtual banks that will only offer services online, bringing the total to eight so far and the number of licensed banks in Hong Kong...
  • Hongkongers will be able to apply for the next-generation electronic passport (e-Passport) and electronic document of identity for visa purposes (e-Doc/I) from next Tuesday, with the processing time significantly shortened. Photo: HKEJ

    Applications for next-generation e-Passport to begin on May 14

    May 10, 2019 5:57pm
    Hong Kong citizens and qualified applicants will be able to apply for the next-generation HKSAR electronic passport (e-Passport) and the electronic document of identity for visa purposes (e-Doc/I) from next Tuesday onward, with the processing time...
  • Lawmaker Claudia Mo called Chief Executive Carrie Lam a "liar", a remark that Legco president Andrew Leung found seriously offensive. Mo and other pan-dems including Wu Chi-wai (inset) were evicted from the chamber. Photo: HKEJ

    Pan-dems evicted amid wrangle over CE’s ‘nonsense’ remarks

    May 10, 2019 5:02pm
    Seven pan-democratic lawmakers were evicted from the Legislative Council chamber on Thursday following their furious reactions to remarks made by Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor during a question-and-answer session for the Hong Kong leader.  Responding to a...
  • No matter what the SAR administration’s motives may be, the objective reality is that the proposed law changes have become a cause for concern in the community. Photo: HKEJ

    What is Lam’s true motive in pressing for extradition bill?

    - May 10, 2019 12:37pm
    Ever since the government put forward its proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, it has insisted that the initiative is aimed at addressing the suspected murder committed by Hong Kong citizen Chan Tong-kai in Taiwan...
  • Chief Inspector Wilson Tam (center) and other police officers remind the public to be wary when receiving phone calls from strangers. Photo: HK China News Agency

    Phone scam victims lose HK$34.46 million in January-March

    May 9, 2019 5:01pm
    There were 127 phone scams reported in the first three months of the year, representing an increase of more than 41 percent from the same period last year, police data showed. The victims during the period...
  • The USCC said the proposed amendments to the extradition law, if passed, would increase the city’s “susceptibility to Beijing’s political coercion” and further erode its autonomy. Photo: AFP

    US commission warns HK over plan to revise extradition law

    May 9, 2019 4:58pm
    As the government pursues efforts to revise the city’s extradition law, a commission under the US Congress warned that Washington may have to review the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act if such amendments materialize. In an eight-page...
  • Professor Joseph Lau, as Medical Council chairman, cast an extra vote to break a tie and allow the body to reach a decision. Photo: HKEJ

    Medical Council approves plan to ease rules for foreign doctors

    May 9, 2019 3:29pm
    The Medical Council of Hong Kong has finally approved a plan to ease requirements for overseas-trained specialist doctors to work in the city, a move that is expected to alleviate the severe manpower shortage in public...
  • Claw crane shops offer thrills to those who want to try their luck and skills. Photo: Facebook

    Claw crane shops booming in Hong Kong

    - May 9, 2019 3:29pm
    Claw crane shops, where customers lower a grabber to try to pick up a prize from a glass box, have seen a surge in popularity in Hong Kong. Some of these shops offer premium prizes such...
  • Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng (center) and Secretary for Security John Lee (2nd left) defend the government's legislative proposal to amend the fugitives law during a press conference on Tuesday. Photo: HKEJ

    Extradition row: Don’t try to ‘kill two birds with one stone’

    - May 9, 2019 2:08pm
    On Tuesday, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah and Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu held a press conference on the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019. During the...
  • Rainy nights in Hong Kong: unpredictable weather may affect investor sentiment. Photo: AFP

    Weather is unpredictable, so is the market

    - May 9, 2019 11:47am
    “It’s May, it’s May, the lovely month of May!” says Queen Guenevere in Camelot. But you can’t blame those who think it’s March by the way the weather is going. Except for the little rain, however,...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam must convince Hongkongers she places their interests above the interests of Beijing. Photo: CNSA

    A political dark age has dawned on Hong Kong

    - May 9, 2019 8:00am
    Home prices are again skyrocketing. A constitutional crisis over a proposed extradition treaty with mainland China is tearing Hong Kong apart. First-quarter GDP growth slowed to a shocking 0.5 percent. A million mainland tourists flooded Hong...
  • A CUHK research team found that low-concentration atropine eye drops could reduce myopic progression for children by up to nearly 70 percent, with much reduced side effects. Photo: HKEJ

    CUHK study finds way to lower side effects of anti-myopia drops

    May 8, 2019 4:52pm
    A medicine traditionally used to slow the progress of myopia can still be effective with lowered concentration while the original side effects are significantly reduced, researchers from the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong...
  • Legco Secretariat secretary general Kenneth Chen told media Tuesday the secretariat performs its function with professionalism and independence and has always strictly abided by the principle of political neutrality. Photo: TVB News

    Kenneth Chen says Legco Secretariat always politically neutral

    May 8, 2019 4:50pm
    The Legislative Council Secretariat has always strictly abided by the principle of political neutrality, its secretary general said, amid accusations that it is siding with the pro-establishment camp in controversies involving lawmakers. Kenneth Chen Wei-on said...
  • Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, with Secretary for Security John Lee, said the government’s proposal to amend the fugitives law is the best option to handle a Taiwan murder case involving a Hong Kong suspect. Photo: HKEJ

    Bill revising extradition laws better than other options: govt

    May 8, 2019 4:23pm
    The government insists that its proposal to amend existing extradition laws is the best option to handle a Taiwan murder case involving a Hong Kong suspect, thereby ruling out the possibility of making changes to the...
  • Pro-establishment and pan-democratic lawmakers are at loggerheads over the bills committee that will deliberate on the proposed changes to the fugitives law. Photo: Bloomberg

    Pro-establishment camp, pan-dems set to square off on Saturday

    - May 8, 2019 1:34pm
    More than half of the members of the Legislative Council’s bills committee, which is deliberating on the proposed amendments to the fugitives law, have agreed to adopt the guideline issued by Legco’s House Committee. As such, the...
  • Hong Kong manufacturers in the mainland said further US tariff hikes will definitely hurt their business. Photo: CNSA

    HK manufacturers worried over impact of Trump’s tariff hike plan

    May 7, 2019 4:56pm
    Manufacturers in Hong Kong have been on pins and needles since US President Donald Trump threatened on Sunday to further hike US tariffs on Chinese goods. “The Trade Deal with China continues, but too slowly, as...
  • New MTR Corp. chief executive Jacob Kam reveals his priorities during his first press conference as head of the rail operator on Monday. Photo: HKEJ

    MTR’s new chief vows to regain public confidence

    May 7, 2019 3:24pm
    Jacob Kam Chak-pui, who has taken over as MTR Corp.’s chief executive for a three-year term since April 1, has promised to do his best to regain people’s trust in the rail operator, which has seen...
  • Abraham Shek (top, inset) moved the bills committee’s meeting to Saturday, but James To presided over the meeting as originally scheduled on Monday and was elected by the pan-dems as panel chairman. Photo: Bloomberg/HKEJ/RTHK

    Legco bills panel in chaos as rival camps go separate ways

    May 7, 2019 1:52pm
    Chaos threatens to scuttle work at the Legislative Council’s bills committee, which is deliberating on the government proposal to amend the extradition laws, after the two opposing camps insisted on presiding over the panel. Democratic Party lawmaker...
  • A man, apparently drunk and in his 30s, is seen placing his body between the doors and kicking them to prevent them from closing. Photo: Internet

    Drunk man caught on video stopping train doors from closing

    May 6, 2019 4:28pm
    A man, apparently drunk, was videotaped last week stopping the doors of an MTR train from closing, an incident that resulted in temporary service disruption. A 1.5-minute video clip being shared on social media showed a man standing...

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